Grants

Business Events Grants program

On 11 March 2021, the Australian Government announced an extension to the Business Events Grant program.

The program closed on 30 March and there has been strong take up of the program. Re-opening is conditional on available funding and further advice will be forthcoming.

On 1 December 2020, the Australian Government announced a $128 million scheme to assist travel agents and tour arrangement service providers who have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The scheme provides eligible travel agents and tour arranging service operators with a one-off payment to assist with their legal obligations to credit and refund Australian consumers who were unable to travel due to COVID-19.

On 11 March 2021, the Australian Government announced a second round of the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program. An additional $130 million has been provided under Round Two to help give eligible travel agents breathing space to facilitate customer refunds, and follow up travel credits.

Find more information, visit COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support program.

Supporting Australia’s Exhibiting Zoos and Aquariums Program

On 11 March 2021, the Australian Government announced an extension to the Supporting Australia’s Exhibiting Zoos and Aquariums Program for a further six months.

The funding will continue to support the eligible zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks whose revenue stream has been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and will be expanded to cover animal transfer costs, where the transfer is necessary due to an animal welfare issue.

Claims for payments covering April to June 2021 (Payment 5) will open for eligible zoos and aquariums in early April. Claims for payments covering July to September 2021 (Payment 6) will open mid-year.

An updated version of the program guidelines and key dates will be published by end of March.

On 28 April 2020, the Australian Government announced the provision of $94.6 million for the Supporting Australia’s Exhibiting Zoos and Aquariums program. As part of the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund, this program provides assistance to sectors, regions and communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19.

For more information, visit Supporting Australia’s Exhibiting Zoos and Aquariums program.

COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support program

On 2 May 2021, the Australian Government announced the launch of Round Two of the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program.

Round Two of the program is now open and will be accepting applications until 11:59 PM (AEDT), 12 June 2021.

On 1 December 2020, the Australian Government announced a $128 million scheme to assist travel agents and tour arrangement service providers who have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The scheme provides eligible travel agents and tour arranging service operators with a one-off payment to assist with their legal obligations to credit and refund Australian consumers who were unable to travel due to COVID-19.

Find more information, visit COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support program.

Export Market Development Grants scheme (EMDG)

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.

For more information, visit What is EMDG?

Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program

On 11 February 2020, the Australian Government announced a $10 million Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program, to support events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in bushfire affected regions and to assist with recovery efforts, encouraging visitors back to the regions. Austrade is administering the program as part of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency initiative.

The program formed part of the Government’s $76 million tourism recovery package to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies by helping get tourists travelling into bushfire-affected regions.

Applications for Stream 1 and Stream 2 have now closed.

For more information, visit Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants.

Grant Finder

Grant Finder helps you locate the grants and assistance programs most relevant to your business.

Grants and other funding programs are available for businesses from the Australian, state and territory governments, and in some cases from local councils. You can search through a wide variety of grants in many categories, including developing your business, innovation and education.